2nd May 2019
Essex Hurricanes Handball Club is riding a wave of success that has taken them all the way to the National Shield final as well as to the brink of league promotion.
Established in just 2015, the Hurricanes will head to the final on 11 and 12 May at Derby Arena happy to be seen as the underdogs. They will play last year’s losing finalists, Guildford Sabres.
Hurricanes beat Manchester Handball Club in the semi-final by just two goals with a second-half comeback, after being behind at half-time.
Men’s team head coach Dan Cole has described the Shield final as the biggest match in Hurricane’s short history.
“We are thrilled to have made it through to the National Shield Finals after a very tough game against Manchester in the semi-final. It is testament to the efforts of all the players that have formed the squad throughout the season.
“This is the biggest match in the team’s short history and we will be treating it as such. As Guildford made the final last year, they have pedigree in the competition and we are probably the underdogs going into the match. However, this won’t daunt us and we look forward to showing what the team can do in front of a larger audience!”